Thursday 16 January 2014 at 20:00
CERN Council Chamber
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda (Poland, 1958) 110 minutes
In an unnamed small Polish town on 8th May 1945, the day Germany officially surrendered, Maciek and Andrzej are Home Army soldiers who have been assigned to assassinate the communist Commissar Szczuka. They spend the night in the town's leading hotel and banquet hall, busy with celebrations for the end of war. While Maciek and Andrzej bide their time to strike Szczuka, Maciek becomes infatuated with the hotel's barmaid, Krystyna. Ashes and Diamonds completes Wajda’s war film Trilogy beginning with A Generation (1954) and Kanal (1956). Its main role is played by Zbigniew Cybulski (Night train, Innocent Sorcerers, The Saragossa Manuscript), a national star who died young in a railway accident that was strangely anticipated in the opening scene of the first film in Wajda’s war trilogy - A Generation (Pokolenie).
Original version Polish; English subtitles